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Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications (Cambridge PDQs) are offered through approved Cambridge Professional Development Centres, quality assured by Cambridge. The Programme Leaders are accredited by Cambridge to develop and manage the programmes.
We are developing a comprehensive network of Cambridge Professional Development Centres so that schools, leaders and teachers have ready access to quality and affordable Cambridge PDQ programmes.
There are two main types of centre:
The Cambridge Professional Development Centre approval process takes approximately four months. The steps in the process are summarised below.
Become a Cambridge Professional Development Centre
Complete the initial application
If you are already a Cambridge school complete the initial questions application. Our regional representative will contact you to discuss your plans and, all being well, provide you with and application form.
If you are not a Cambridge school please go to Join Cambridge for further information on the steps involved in becoming a Cambridge School.
Ensure programme is supported by the leadership team
To be approved your school leadership team or head of your organisation must support the programme. You must also have a suitable programme leader.
Complete the Application Form
The nominated programme leader must submit the completed Application Form, authorised by the head of your organisation.
Enrol your nominated Programme Leader for induction
Cambridge will review the application, and when accepted your nominated programme leader will be enrolled on the next available online Programme Leader Induction course.
Design and submit programme plan
During and after the online induction course, your nominated programme leader designs their programme plan and submits this with a rationale to us to review.
Approval and accreditation
Once Cambridge has approved the programme plan and rationale, we accredit the programme leader and approve your school or organisation so the PDQ programme can start.
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